May 16, 2021

A Day At The DMV: How To Prepare For Your Visit to the DMV

When you go to the DMV, there are several things that you can do to make your visit more comfortable. There are also things that you can do to simplify matters. Here are a few things that you can do, before you go.


Calling Ahead

It is very simple to call the Department before you go down there. You can find out a great deal of information, this wear. For example, you may not be sure what your visit will cost. All you have do, is call and talk to someone. They will be happy to assist you, and quote prices for you.

Make sure and ask if you can make an appointment for your visit. If this is possible, you will be able to save a great deal of time and trouble. If you have an appointment, you do not have to take a number and sit and wait until it is called. You get to go to the head of the line. In some cases, this can take hours off your visit. You can use the extra time to relax and do nothing, if you like.

Another important reason to call ahead, is to find out what you need. You may need to bring several forms of identification with you. You also may need something for proof of residence. This may save you the frustration of an extra trip to the Department. You may need to send off for a birth certificate or a copy of your social security card. This can take as long as a week. However, if you know exactly what you need, you will be fully prepared.

Visiting the Website

You can also find out information from the website. If you cannot find the site, go to a major search engine and input “Department of Motor Vehicles” and then place your state in the search box, also. This should bring up a link to the website.

At the website, you should be able to find out information on fees and identification needs. It may easier than calling, as you will not be placed on hold. In some states, you may be able to make an appointment for your visit from the website.

At the Department

If you are taking someone for their driving test, you should bring something to read. It can take a while to take the road test, as others may be first. However, if you can make an appointment, things will go faster and much more smoothly. In any manner, you may need to wait for while, so wear casual and comfortable clothing, if possible.


When preparing to visit the DMV, consider calling ahead. You can find out important information about proper identification and such. You also may be able to make an appointment for your visit. This may save you a lot of time and frustration. In some states, you may be able to do this from the website, too. In some cases, you may need to sit for more than an hour, so wear comfortable clothing and bring reading material.

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